Leadership - LiLAC

The Library Leadership Advisory Committee (LiLAC) has been appointed and charged with developing a framework for leadership development for all members of the Idaho library community.  This collaborative effort between the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho Library Association started work in June, 2014 and continues to support activities which promote leadership development among all members of the library community.

2016 ILA Pre-Conference: Library Journal's All Staff Professional Development: Leaders At Every Level

Sixty Idaho librarians spent the day with David Bendekovic, exploring the nuances of leadership.  Connecting with community, networking, and communication were among the skills that were discussed.  David provided hands on experience in skill development, as well as additional resources for future development.  Each participant also has access to the Library Journal Learning Commons to use as a tool to further development leadership knowledge and skills while networking with other library leaders.  Participants will complete one additional leadership learning activity by April 30, 2017 from the list provided by ICfL.  In early May 2017, each participant will report out on their leadership experiences from the additional learning activity.


In the fall of 2015 this workshop was held at the Boise Public Library.  Here are comments from some of the participants:

  • Dennis Hahs, District Library Coordinator/Digital Content Coach, West Ada School District:

"This event was so valuable for me on so many levels. Networking and learning with other professionals in my field is always a blessing but the content from this workshop significantly impacted me personally and professionally. The truth about how much courage it takes to be a leader and how leaders are not necessarily related to titles were just a couple of golden nuggets I took away from the day. The pragmatic reflective exercises re-energized me and helped me to become more intentional in all that I do and enriched how I interact with people."

  • Annie Adamson, Public Services Supervisor/Volunteer Coordinator, Garden City Library:

I cannot express how much the Lead the Change leadership event has moved me and continues to move me FORWARD every day....David [gave] us permission to be leaders, that one does not need a title to be a leader. And it is okay for a leader to ask for help.....I am in amazement at how moving the leadership event was/is for me and the thought of other folks having the experience is wonderful!

  • LeAnn Gelskey, Director, Hailey Public Library:

I now understand that leadership is a choice I make and not the position I hold .... we can’t apply yesterday’s solutions to today’s problems. It takes courage to make choices and I can’t be afraid of stepping on toes. And my new motto courtesy of Paul Simon—Nothing is different, but everything’s changed.

  • Toni Barry, Librarian, Grace Jordan Elementary School, Boise School District:

Working at an Elementary School, it was nice to meet with other Librarians (outside of the School District) and share information. I am a big proponent for days of "silent libraries" to be behind us. In my opinion, libraries should be a place of research, discovery, creativity, and collaboration.  Lead the Change was a great resource for developing new uses of our libraries.....Thank you for making this workshop available!

  • Megan Egbert, Programs Manager, Meridian Library District:

"I believe Library Journal Lead the Change helped me examine my current leadership role through a new lens, and also helped prepare me for the future leadership roles I hope to obtain."


Resources for Leadership Development